Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Brit Hume’s Move to the Right

Howard Kurtz takes a long look at Brit Hume. The title, Moving to the Right, says it all. While Hume, as do most who work at Fox News, like to pretend they are an objective news outlet rather than an organization established to spread right wing views, Hume’s advocacy of right wing ideas has been obvious in watching him. Hume was one of the first to cover the claims of the Swift Boat Liars, reporting fabricated charges planted by Republican politcal operatives as fact. While I’m surprised that favorable coverage of Bush was this low based upon what I’ve seen of Hume, one study demonstrates Hume’s bias:

The Center for Media and Public Affairs, in a 2004 study, found that “Special Report” coverage of President Bush was positive 60 percent of the time, while its evaluations of John Kerry were negative by a 5-to-1 margin. Hume says he was fair to Kerry and that the media gave far more scrutiny to Bush’s National Guard record.


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